Souhegan High School principal resigning

Courtesy photo Robert Scully, principal of Souhegan High School, just announced his resignation.

AMHERST – Souhegan High School Principal Rob Scully announces his resignation, effective July 31.

Scully has been the principal of Souhegan for the past six years and was previously the dean of students for a year, and a teacher for several years prior.

Scully sent the following to his staff in announcing his resignation: “As you know, I have two big, beautiful, needy worlds in my life: one in Maine, one in Amherst. Unfortunately, the inevitable impact of the time and space between them is beginning to show. Originally, and, for some time, I had the innocent feeling that I was just missing a few little things. Now, I have to accept the undeniable reality of actually not being there for some very important things. So, I need to be there, full-time, as Ellen and I watch our kids grow up and help our parents grow old. Leaving breaks my heart, as it fills my heart. In making this choice between my two worlds, my two families, I know you will understand I choose the one who calls me dad.”

Bill Hagen, who will serve as interim principal, also made a statement.

“It is not often a school principal has the opportunity to serve two outstanding high schools in a career. I look forward to joining the Souhegan team and will do my best to support the students, teachers and staff during this transitional period,” Hagen said.

Superintendent of Schools Adam Steel said of Scully: “Rob has put Souhegan High School on the map, both in the state of New Hampshire and across the country. He is a visionary leader who understands the next steps for public education. He is leaving Souhegan better than he found it and I fully support him in his journey, especially in his decision to focus on his family.”

Scully added: “I will try desperately over the next several weeks to thank all those who make Souhegan and SAU39 a regional and national standard-bearer of innovation in public education. Thank you to the communities of Mont Vernon and Amherst for supporting schools dedicated to personalization.”

Ane Swift, longtime math teacher at Souhegan, said of Scully: “Rob’s commitment to Souhegan cannot be matched. From teacher to dean of students to principal, Rob has always given his all to the students and staff of SHS. His vision for the school was always pushing us forward while staying grounded in what makes Souhegan unique. Rob did all of this while maintaining a focus on student and staff well-being and a fantastic sense of humor.”

Souhegan Cooperative School Board Chairman Jim Manning added: “The Souhegan Cooperative School Board would like to thank Rob Scully for his leadership over the last six years. Rob was selected to take the principal position at Souhegan at a time when our high school needed stability and a firm understanding of our unique culture. He never gave anything less that every last measure of his time and talents to this high school. We wish him much success in his future endeavors. We also want to welcome Bill Hagen back to the Amherst/Mont Vernon school system as interim principal at Souhegan. We know his experience in previously working as a principal in our community will provide us with the leadership Souhegan needs moving forward.”